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Last Updated: Friday, 9 May, 2003, 15:24 GMT 16:24 UK
Fort celebrations are planned

Hundreds of people are expected to celebrate securing the future of an Iron Age hill fort.

The Woodland Trust will be joining forces on Sunday with local people and those who helped to ensure the future of Credenhill Iron Age Hill Fort and Park Wood on the edge of Hereford.

It follows a successful local fundraising campaign last year which helped raise more than 70,000.

This was added to grants from Severn Waste Environmental Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund which enabled the Woodland Trust to buy the whole area.

Little historic material

Credenhill Iron Age Hillfort - one of the largest such structures in the UK - is believed to have been an Iron Age tribal capital.

Dating from 200BC it is a scheduled ancient monument but one about which little is known and where little historic material has been recovered.

But this could soon change because the trust said it was working with Herefordshire Council's archaeology department to carry out extensive surveys on the site.

The hillfort is shrouded by a conifer plantation but has extensive, visible ramparts.




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